Concealers

Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer

A few posts back I did a nice little review of the Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation and so it only really make sense for me to also include a review of the Naked Skin Concealer on my blog.

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Truth be told the concealer is just as good as the foundation if not better. The packaging of it is reminiscent of the foundation, where basically if you Naked Skin Foundation bottle tiny you would get the concealer tube packaging. It comes with a wand applicator that has a flatten doe-foot sponge on the end of it.

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I personally find that this has way too much product on it when you initially pull it out of the tube but I just wipe the excess off using the sides of the opening of the tube and then the amount is perfect. Shade wise I am Fair/Neutral and as far as I know this is the lightest of all the shades available.

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The coverage of the concealer is way higher than the coverage you get with the foundation. This is a very heavy duty concealer and works brilliantly on both the under-eyes and blemishes/spots. I typically like blending this out with a dampen sponge though I also find using a brush works perfectly also.

Price wise this concealer comes in at 23 euros which on comparison with other high end concealer prices, really isn’t that expensive.

-Talk Soon xx

Foundations

Isadora Cover Up Foundation & Concealer

I’ve been on a mission as of late in trying to find the lightest base possible for the hot summer months that are supposedly meant to make an appearance any day now in Ireland. My favourite so far has been my recently reviewed CC Cream by Artistry (link below) however that one isn’t the easiest product to get nor is the cheapest by any means.

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I’ve seen a lot of people raving about the Isadora Cover Up foundation and concealer on twitter (follow me: @SooSoBeauty) and so I thought it was about time I put my bottle of it to the test. I will let you guys know that I have this foundation in the shade 64 Classic Cover which is way to dark for my skin tone but I tried it out anyway just so I could see what the formulation and longevity was like.

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The foundation comes in this nice squeezy tube bottle that has a pump which automatically gives it major brownie points in my book. The texture of it when I initially pumped it out was very thick but it sheers out nicest when you apply it with a dampened sponge. I haven’t tried applying this with a brush yet but I don’t think I will as I think it will just go on to thick, and why fix what isn’t broken right?

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This foundation lasted all day on my skin and it definitely has a medium coverage that can be built up to a high coverage fairly easily. I personally found it nessacary to use a concealer with it but I thin if you don’t suffer from any dark circles (which I do) or blemishes then you can most certainly skip the concealer step with how high a coverage this foundation has.

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Finish wise it definitely had a bit of a dewy shine to it that I personally like especially during the summer. I think with a nice powder though even oily skin peeps can get away with using this foundation nicely. A bottle of this foundation retails for 19.95 euros which is definitely affordable when compared to the 46 euros of the Artistry CC Cream and is available in Shaws Stores here in Ireland & at Isadora counters International.

-Talk Soon xx

Disclaimer: Some of the products featured on this site have been sent for review consideration by brand PR teams, however all opinions and comments are the authors. Any sponsored content (paid for product placement) will be clearly marked as such. All opinions remain the authors own, even when the content is sponsored.

Concealers, Foundations

Perfect Summer Base

I recently posted a blog post all about the 🌿Artistry Essentials Range 🌿 which is an incredible skincare range that’s nice and light on the skin, perfect for the warmer months. To go with using such nice light skincare, it only makes sense than to use something light as your foundation base. The new CC Cream from Artistry is a great option in my opinion and team it up with their Exact Fit concealer and you’ve got a flawless base without the heavy weight.

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The CC Cream comes in a total of three different shades and can be used multiple ways. The way I personally use it is on it’s own as my base. It has a really gorgeous illuminating effect on the skin and in the sun I honestly found it to literally sparkle it was so brighten for my complexion. It contains an SPF of 50, which I was worried would create flashback but it doesn’t.

The CC cream can also be worn as a priming product underneath a more heavier coverage foundation so you don’t have to worry that your going to be buying a makeup product solely to be used during the summer months. It can be worn all year round if you wish. I will say this make my T-Zone, which tends to get slightly oily in the summer, become oilier quicker so I probably wouldn’t recommend this for oily skin types.

The shade that I have is LIGHT and it’s definitely a perfect match to my skin tone. I personally found it best applied on the skin with a dampened sponge. The amount that you see in the above picture is the amount I use for half of my face. I found that a littleof this goes a long way, and with it retailing for 46.60 euros it really should.

To go with the idea of beautifully flawless, fresh skin, Artistry have released their Exact Fit Concealer. Now I have this concealer in the shade LIGHT and even so it is a tad bit dark on me but I made it work by applying it under my foundation rather than over as I normally do. Just something to keep in mind as you might want to go a shade lighter than what you would normally go for when choosing a shade in this concealer.

The concealer comes in the most elegant of packaging that really is standard for Artistry as a brand. It has a built in mirror and the applicator is a flatten doe-foot. The constancy of this concealer is nice and light however I personally didn’t like it under my eyes. I found it really drying and as the day wore on it started to cake and settle in my fine lines even though it claims not to.

I have tried this concealer for covering up blemishes and it works a dream. Because it has almost a velvety matte finish to it, it doesn’t move throughout the day. So once you cover your spot/pimple using it that it, you wouldn’t be seeing that again until you remove your makeup at the end of the day. A tube of this retails for 27.55 euros and it comes in four different shades as well as a brightener shade which is probably the shade I would go for, for us lighter skin toned girls.

Let me know in the comments below your go to summer foundation/bb cream/cc cream. I personally love the CC cream from Artistry and once this tube is finished, I would definitely purchase it again and again. The concealer not so much though I think I might try out the brightener shade.

-Talk Soon xx

Disclaimer: Some of the products featured on this site have been sent for review consideration by brand PR teams, however all opinions and comments are the authors. Any sponsored content (paid for product placement) will be clearly marked as such. All opinions remain the authors own, even when the content is sponsored.

Concealers

YoungBlood Concealer

I normally only use concealer for one of two things; to conceal the never fading dark circles that permanently reside under my eyes and to remove the redness that hugs the curves on my nose. I have normal to combination skin which I’m very grateful for as it means I rarely get spots. For under my eyes my preference has always been towards liquid concealers such as the Urban Decay Naked Skin or the BarryM Flawless Light however I have found that layering a cream over them can give me more coverage which makes for more of a flawless finish. Not all cream concealers work for this, some are too heavy and some tend to cake, but neither of these can be said about the YoungBlood Ultimate Concealer.

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YoungBlood Cosmetics is a mineral cosmetics brand meaning they don’t use any harsh or unbeneficial chemicals in the making of their products. Their concealer comes in this simply, no-nonsense pot that has a mirror (major brownie points) for on the go, making it perfect for the handbag. The consistence of the concealer is nice an thick but it can be sheered out and blended easily just by warming it with your fingers before applying it.

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I personally love using this with a dampened sponge for application as it uses less product and makes for a more flawless finish. The concealer retails for 27 euros and I have it in the shade Tan which surprisingly works for me though when I repurchase I will definitely be picking it up in a shade lighter.

-Talk Soon xx

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Disclaimer: Some of the products featured on this site have been sent for review consideration by brand PR teams, however all opinions and comments are the authors. Any sponsored content (paid for product placement) will be clearly marked as such. All opinions remain the authors own, even when the content is sponsored.

 

Collections

Essence Christmas: The Little X-Mas Factory

Much like my post on Charlotte Tilbury: Christmas which showcases everything she is bring out as gifts for the Christmas holidays, today I bring you Essence’s Holiday collection which just happens to the have the adorable name of The Little X-Mas Factory. This collection really is a great if your looking for Stocking fillers especially because everything is beautifully packaged and presented and of course it has that Christmas feel to them as well. As always with these kinds of posts that I do, images and prices will be below and I hope it helps you with deciding what to get your loved ones this holiday season.

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Eyeshadow Palette
Price:
4.95 euros
North Pole Express Delivery

“Melting away! The eyeshadow palette with five shimmering colors creates stunning eye make-up styles-and the pressing on the texture is sure to make your heart melt, too.”

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Liquid Gold Eyeliner
Price:
3.50 euros
Ho-Ho-Ho

“Golden times. The liquid eyeliner with a long applicator creates golden eyeliner styles for a glamourous look.”

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LipTint
Price:
3.80 euros
All I Want For X-Mas is You

“Under the mistletoe! The liptint stains the lips in a gorgeous bright pink that is sure to last”

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2-in-1 Core Concealer
Price:
3.50 euros
Elf-Approved!

“Elfin beauty! An elf-like complexion is not a problem thanks to the concealer-the transparent core evens out irregularities while the nude texture covers up impurities of the skin.”

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Contouring Palette
Price:
4.10 euros
Elf Yourself!

“Fabulous face. The palette contains a dark color for shading and a highlighter shade to accentuate the features. With a cute gift-bow pattern on the surface of the texture.”

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Nail Polish
Price:
2.50 euros
Available in 4 shades.

“Christmas Colors. Gold with a foil finish, white with a light shimmer as well as pink and pine without an effect are Santa’s favourites.”

I Still believe in Santa Claus

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Santa Baby

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Meet Me Under the Mistletoe

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Nail Jewellary Stickers
Price:
1.60 euros
Santa’s Back in Town

“Bling-bling! The stickers create a gold net on the surface of the nails to turn them into true gems.”

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Super Rich Mini Hand Cream
Price:
1.90 euros
Available in 2 scents

Delicious care. The two hand creams with a vanilla and cookie fragrance come in a practical mini-size to pamper the hands of all hardworking Christmas helpers.”

Holiday Hugs

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Mistletoe Kisses

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Perfume (Eau de Toilette)
Price:
5.95 euros
It’s Magic

“Smells like x-mas. The warm, sweet fragrance is reminiscent of the wintery atmosphere of cozy, beautifully decorated Christmas markets. Chocolate-Cranberry and nectarine in the top note, freesia and peonies in the middle note and caramel, vanilla and tonka bean in the base note are the characteristic ingredients of this eau de toilette.”

Disclaimer: All images used in this post have been acquired via brand PR representatives and are for illustrative purposes only and not for profit gain. All images remain property of Essence™.

 

Highlighter

Yellow Concealer!?

Brightening! Glowing! Youthful! Healthy Looking! are all words we hear these days about how we want our complexion to look and I totally agree! Who wouldn’t want to look 10 years younger (unless you’re a 9 year old :P) and to be honest these days it’s pretty easy to achieve the glowing young look that is constantly in demand. There are so many products out on the market from anti-wrinkle creams to concealers with built-in BB creams to illuminating correcters such as the Touche Eclat. Recently a new invention has hit the beauty industry. Now this method of makeup has been used by makeup artists for years but it has only recently been a big thing with what the world calls us normal people. Yellow concealers! Yes, brought to light by the oh so famous Kim-K lion stripped photo (linked here due to copyright reasons). Now I’m not the biggest fan of Kim K but I was intrigued so I went out and purchased the most hyped about cream version of the yellow concealer and that is the Benefit Lemon Aid.

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So Benefit describes their Lemon Aid as a colour correcting eyelid primer. They state that it can:

“Wake up your eyelids with this warm yellow correcting cream. It helps to hide redness and discoloration on your eyelids. In a snap, eyes look refreshed, frisky and ready for fun.”

Confused? I’m not surprised, yes Benefit market the Lemon Aid product as a primer which when I used it as a primer, it caused my eyeshadows to crease. The consistency of this product is basically to thick to be used as a primer on the eyelids. I also found it rather heavy over the eyes. So….I would never call this product a primer! Ever!

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The product comes in a round pot container that has a mirror built in also. Major brownie points because it makes it useful if you want to touch up on the go. Applying this product the exact same way that Kim K did I found that the product over-loaded my face but then I decided that I should apply it as I would a highlighting concealer and it worked like a charm for a while before it creased. To be honest there are a lot of drawbacks with this product and I was on the verge of giving up on it before trying to apply it with a dampened sponge. (I used my Complexion Sponge Dupe)

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I finally worked for me. The only thing is because its  cream after applying it with the sponge I went over it with a patting motion with my ringer finger just to melt it into my skin so more. Would I recommend this product for highlighting? NO! Way to thick and hard to work with it. It’s great for light highlighting but only when applied with a damp sponge. Any other method of application was either to thick or caused it to crease.

I definitely wouldn’t apply it all over the face because then you just end up looking like a disco ball. I also recommend that you apply this product under foundation as over it I found it gave off a pale yellow hue on my complexion. Setting it with my regular translucent powder worked fine. No caking or powdery look at all. To be honest look else wear for those yellow highlighters gals and girls cause this one is a fail in my book. Kim K I think personally uses MAC Strobe pens for highlighting so maybe they work better…?

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Concealers

Seventeen Skin Wow! Concealer

Touché Éclat is  something that I used on my wedding day and to be honest it was one of the best products on the day to give my skin that much needed bridal glow. For that reason anytime I see a product that resembles it in any way I just have to test it out. Seventeen, which is a Boots own in house brand, have recently released their version of the Touché Éclat.It’s called the WOW! concealer and it is said:

The ultimate pick me up! Use to brighten under your eyes or to highlight cheekbones, browbones and cupids bows. Give skin a WOW!

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Basically the same directional use as the Touché Éclat. Also it comes in very similar product packaging, gold tube with a black button at the end to click in order for the product to come out of the tube. It has a built in brush applicator and the product itself comes in three different shades, mine being the lightest shade, fair.

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I have to say there is a bit of a difference between the two with regards to the colour of the actual product. Touché Éclat has a very yellow based undertone to it, which basically makes it great for highlighting while the Seventeen one has a pink/peach undertone to it which makes it better for cancelling out the darkness in the face more than highlighting really. Basically I would use the Touché Éclat  for highlighting and the Seventeen for colour correcting any darkness on the complexion.

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This product retails for 6.99 euros and is currently on offer in Boots for buy 1 get the second product half price. I only got the one product because I didn’t see anything else I liked.

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-Talk Soon xx